Two suspects have been identified in the case of the 7-year-old, who was shot and killed while riding in the car with her mother and siblings one Sunday morning.
As Dearly previously reported, the victim’s mother, LaPorsha Washington, told KTRK she was going for an early morning coffee run on December 30 around 7 a.m., when a random driver pulled up beside her and opened fire on her family.
Washington, 30, attempted to protect her four children during the shooting. When the fire ceased, she realized her daughter Jazmine Barnes, who was in the back seat, had been shot in the head.
Further, Washington herself had been shot in the arm.
After an intense, week-long manhunt, Texas police have arrested a suspect in the drive-by shooting of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes. Authorities say the girl's death may have resulted from mistaken identity. https://t.co/eHb7jbyS50 pic.twitter.com/V3UWUxA4Eo
— CNN (@CNN) January 6, 2019
As CNN reports, Washington and other witnesses described the gunman to police as a white man in his 40s driving a red pickup truck but based on a recent arrest, that does not seem to be the case.
URGENT. ALL HANDS ON DECK.
A 40 y/o white man w/ a beard in a red pickup truck pulled up on 7 y/o Jazmine Barnes and her family near a Houston @Walmart and shot and killed her and injured others.
I am joining the search for her killer and have a $25,000 reward.
Need him NOW. pic.twitter.com/ugfA2nJ1k8
— Shaun King (@shaunking) January 1, 2019
On Saturday, police arrested Eric Black Jr., 20, for marijuana possession during a traffic stop.
Later, investigators questioned Black about the shooting.
Officers received an anonymous tip that Black and another person initially identified in court as “L.W.” shot at Jazmine’s family vehicle after mistaking it for another one.
According to CNN, Black revealed to investigators that he drove the vehicle used in the shooting while a man in the passenger seat opened fire.
Eric Black Jr., 20, has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the shooting death of 7 year old Jazmine Barnes in Texas. Authorities say a tip led them to Black and he admitted to taking part in the shooting. #JazmineBarnes https://t.co/BkVIsJ8hqR pic.twitter.com/hLYKlJSI33
— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) January 6, 2019
He then told police that the weapon used in the shooting was at his home and gave them permission to search for it.
Officers discovered a 9mm pistol consistent with shell casings recovered from the scene of the shooting.
Black has been charged with capital murder and is being held without bail.
According to ABC7, the second suspect was later identified as 24-year-old Larry Woodruffe. He is believed to have been the shooter.
A lot of people have been hoping for arrests in the Jazmine Barnes murder.
Overnight 2 men were arrested. They allegedly shot the car in a case of mistaken identity.
— Steven Romo (@StevenABC13) January 6, 2019
Woodruffe had also been previously arrested on a drug possession charge and was informed that he was a suspect in the murder during an unrelated court appearance.
Due to various reports, it is not clear on whether or not Woodruffe has been charged with the capital murder yet.
Attorney S. Lee Merritt, who’s representing Jazmine’s family, says the suspects’ race surprised the family, but they are relieved to have answers.
“They wanted the right person to be convicted — not a white person. This is the first opportunity they’ve been given to mourn. The family is entering a period of deep grieving.”
He explained on Twitter that during so much commotion, it is easy for witnesses to confuse a fleeing bystander for the actual shooter.
However, police are still searching for the driver Washington and other witnesses described in the red pick up truck.
The death of Jazmine has attracted major attention as hundreds gathered outside of the Walmart where she was killed to rally for justice.
Further, many have donated to a GoFundMe page to help the family with funeral expenses.
Among supporters were Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who pledged to donate his playoff paycheck to the family.
When I see Jazmine Barnes' face, I see my own daughter. I'm pledging my playoff check this week to help her family with funeral costs and to support @shaunking @SherriffED_HCSO @SylvesterTurner in bringing this man to justice. On Saturday, I will be playing in your honor, Jazmine pic.twitter.com/oCRYSgfGO9
— Deandre Hopkins (@DeAndreHopkins) January 3, 2019
The tragedy also gained the attention of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, who joined forces with Houston police officer Kenneth Miles to cover the victim’s funeral cost.
@houstonpolice Officer Kenneth Miles and @SHAQ join forces to cover funeral expenses for 7 year old #JazmineBarnes, the girl shot and killed while riding in a car with her mother and sisters. @kprc2 pic.twitter.com/awv7gtlBQ8
— Brandon Walker (@KPRC2Brandon) January 3, 2019
As CNN reports, Jazmine’s homegoing services are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday with a viewing at Green House International Church and her funeral is at noon. Those in attendance plan to release purple balloons in her memory. Purple was her favorite color.